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Cintas Corporation (NAS:CTAS)
Gross Profit
$1,889 Mil (TTM As of Feb. 2014)

Cintas Corporation's gross profit for the three months ended in Feb. 2014 was $479 Mil. Cintas Corporation's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2014 was $1,889 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Cintas Corporation's gross profit for the three months ended in Feb. 2014 was $479 Mil. Cintas Corporation's revenue for the three months ended in Feb. 2014 was $1,130 Mil. Therefore, Cintas Corporation's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 was 42.39%.

Cintas Corporation had a gross margin of 42.39% for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Cintas Corporation was 46.22%. The lowest was 41.09%. And the median was 42.54%.


Definition

Gross Profit is the different between the sale prices and the cost of buying or producing the goods.

Cintas Corporation's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in May. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: May. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=4316.471 - 2529.404
=1,787

Cintas Corporation's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Feb. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1130.237 - 651.112
=479

Cintas Corporation Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2014 was 467.215 (May. 2013 ) + 465.98 (Aug. 2013 ) + 476.919 (Nov. 2013 ) + 479.125 (Feb. 2014 ) = $1,889 Mil.

Gross Profit is the numerator in the calculation of Gross Margin:

Cintas Corporation's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Feb. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Feb. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Feb. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=479 / 1130.237
=42.39 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

A positive Gross Profit is only the first step for a company to make a net profit. The gross profit needs to be big enough to also cover related labor, equipment, rental, marketing/advertising, research and development and a lot of other costs in selling the products.


Explanation

Warren Buffett believes that firms with excellent long term economics tend to have consistently higher margins.

Durable competitive advantage creates a high Gross Margin because of the freedom to price in excess of cost. Companies can be categorized by their Gross Margin

1. Greater than 40% = Durable competitive advantage
2. Less than 40% = Competition eroding margins
3. Less than 20% = no sustainable competitive advantage
Consistency of Gross Margin is key

Cintas Corporation had a gross margin of 42.39% for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 => Durable competitive advantage


Related Terms

Cost of Goods Sold, Gross Margin, Revenue


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Cintas Corporation Annual Data

May04May05May06May07May08May09May10May11May12May13
Gross_Profit 1,1861,3051,4551,5811,6821,5511,4981,6091,7391,787

Cintas Corporation Quarterly Data

Nov11Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14
Gross_Profit 4304260446432442467466477479
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